Opinion: Andy Espersen – Mental Health Act failing people with chronic schizophrenia

Andy Espersen – a retired psychiatric nurse – recently made a submission to the Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry team arguing that history shows that the Mental Health Act is failing people with chronic schizophrenia, the old residential hospital system had its strengths, and more mental health inpatient beds are needed.

Opinion: Chris Vogliano – Saving the environment one bite at a time

Registered dietitian Chris Vogliano says one of the most powerful ways we can reduce our impact on the environment is with our forks.

Opinion: John Fitzgerald – Psychologists’ view on Mental Health Inquiry

John Fitzgerald, the President-Elect of the New Zealand Psychological Society, says psychologists want the inquiry to help build a service focused not on ‘fighting fires’ and ‘quick fixes’ but building community resilience as well as a skilled and motivated mental health workforce.

Opinion: ‘Nurse Florence’ – Time for change

This is the speech from ‘Nurse Florence’ – the anonymous nurse founders of the #hearourvoices social media movement – that was read to the thousands of nurses and supporters who marched and rallied in 15 centres across New Zealand on International Nurses Day on Saturday to call for safer working conditions for nurses.

Opinion: Jonathan Broadbent – Childhood dental inequalities quickly worsen after free dental care stops

Dentistry researcher Jonathan Broadbent sees the inequality gap in people’s teeth¬ dramatically worsen once free dental care stops at age 18 and argues that a sugary drink tax and expanding publicly-funded dental care deserve a chance.

Opinion: Jenny Carryer – Health Minister needs courage to do things differently

Professor Jenny Carryer wonders if the challenges facing the health sector keeps the Health Minister awake at night – and suggests some ‘courageous’ solutions to some of those challenges.

Opinion: John Ryall – Diagnosing a better health system

The Government is committed to restoring the $2 billion-plus that they say the previous administration took out of our public health system in its nine years in office. But are we looking in the right place when it comes to investing in better health for New Zealanders?

Opinion: Emanuel Stoakes – new Bill risks damaging social work reputation

A new Bill could see vulnerable health clients being supported by practitioners who are not registered or accountable, argues social work advocate Emanuel Stokes.

Opinion: Heather Casey – reminder that mental health is everybody’s business

With the Mental Health Inquiry underway, Heather Casey shares a cringing experience to remind health professionals that mental health is ‘everybody’s business’ and to think hard about their own attitudes.

Opinion: Siouxsie Wiles – Menstrual cups and toxic shock: rinsing is not enough!

Microbiologist Dr Siouxsie Wiles shares insights on a new study that shows menstrual cups and cotton tampons may not be as safe as people are being led to believe.


Death: the symptoms of dying

How much do many of us actually know about the act of dying? In the first of Health Central’s special focus on death and dying – The Death Series – FIONA CASSIE talks to palliative care specialist Brian Ensor about the symptoms of dying.


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